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Pilot survives as USA fighter jet crashes in Germany

Pilot survives as USA fighter jet crashes in Germany

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Tuesday near Zemmer, Germany, while conducting a routine training exercise, military officials said.

The single-engine fighter, belonging to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, crashed around 3 p.m. local time in Zemmer, roughly six miles from the base, officials said.

The fighter jet came down in an uninhabited area, according to German broadcaster SWR.

The US Air Base Spangdahlem announced the crash in a statement.

A USA air force spokeswoman said the jet had crashed at around 1500 local time (1300 GMT) during a routine training flight and that there had been no casualties.

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Authorities said the pilot was transported to a nearby hospital, but described the injuries as "minor".

An investigation board will release more information as it becomes available.

In June this year, two of the air force's Eurofighter jets crashed after colliding in mid-air in northeastern Germany.

Residents were told to steer clear of the crash site.

The news comes just a week after two United States airmen were killed at the Spangdahlem base in a fiery vehicle crash. The aircraft crashed into the forest and the pilot escaped.


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